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Sheila Dixon

Sheila Dixon
Sheila Ann Dixon

On January 9, 2009, Dixon was indicted on twelve counts, including perjury, theft, and misconduct. The charges stem partly from incidents in which she allegedly misappropriated gift cards intended for the poor.[1]

48th Mayor of Baltimore Incumbent Assumed office January 17, 2007 Preceded by Martin O’Malley

Bio
Dixon was born and was raised in the Ashburton neighborhood of West Baltimore. Her father, Phillip Dixon, Sr., was a car salesman, and her mother, Winona Dixon, was a community activist, active in her church, political causes, and member of local community groups. Dixon attended the Baltimore City public schools and is a graduate of Northwestern High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. An active member of Bethel A.M.E. Church [5] and former trustee, Dixon continues to serve as a member of the Stewardess Board. She serves on other boards, including the Institute of Human Virology, the Transplant Resource Center, the Urban Health Initiative, the Baltimore Public Markets Corporation, the Living Classrooms Foundation, and the Walters Art Gallery. Twice divorced, Dixon is raising her two children, Jasmine and Joshua.[2] She is the aunt of professional basketball player Juan Dixon, who led the University of Maryland to the 2002 NCAA championship, and Jermaine Dixon, who currently plays guard for the University of Pittsburgh Men’s Basketball Team. She is a lifelong resident of the City of Baltimore.

President, Baltimore City Council In office January 2000 – January 2007 Baltimore City Council 4th District In office 1988 – 2000 Born December 27, 1953 (1953-12-27) Baltimore, Maryland, USA Democratic Joshua and Jasmine Johns Hopkins University Towson University African Methodist Episcopal

Political party Children Alma mater Religion

Sheila Ann Dixon (born December 27, 1953) is an American politician who is the forty-eighth Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland. When former Mayor Martin O’Malley was sworn in as Governor on January 17, 2007, Dixon, a Democrat, became mayor and served out the remaining year of O’Malley’s term. In November 2007, she was elected mayor in her own right and is currently serving her first term. She is a former member of the Baltimore City Council, the first African-American female to serve as its president, and Baltimore’s first female mayor. She is also Baltimore’s third African-American mayor. She governs a more populous city than any other current female mayor in the United States. Dixon endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president in 2008.

Career
Immediately after university, Dixon worked as an elementary school teacher and adult education instructor with the Head Start program. She then worked for 17 years as an international trade specialist with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. In 1986, Dixon was elected to the Baltimore City State Central Committee

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and is actively securing federal funds for crime-fighting programs.[8] Dixon is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition,[10] an organization formed in 2006 and co-chaired by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas Menino.

The Shoe incident
In 1991 Dixon waved her shoe at white colleagues on the Baltimore City Council and yelled, "You’ve been running things for the last 20 years. Now the shoe is on the other foot."[11] This incident led many people including some of her opponents to view her as a divisive person.[12] Dixon explained her earlier comment by stating that she has "matured" since making the shoe comment and that she now attempts "to communicate better with individuals."[13] In her first inaugural address as Mayor, Dixon alluded to what she considers people’s wrong impression of her and stated, "I want you to know that I am much more than a newspaper headline or a sound byte on the evening news."[14]

Dixon (front, third from left) cuts the parade ribbon at the 2007 Baltimore Greek Independence Day Parade with Congressman John Sarbanes. representing the 40th Legislative District. In 1987, she won a seat on the Baltimore City Council representing the 4th Council District, where she served twelve years. She became the city council president in 1999, the first African-American woman elected to this position.

As Mayor
She "has impressed political pundits with her energetic first three months and her ability to handle crises."[3] She has accomplished what Baltimore mayors for the past 30 years have been unable to do, and that is to reduce the murder rate in Baltimore. [4] In February 2008, the Baltimore City Police reported a sharp decline in homicides in Baltimore. According to police there were 14 murders in the city for the month of January, the lowest monthly total in 30 years.[5] As of April, 2008, there had been a 40% reduction in murders in the city after experiencing a record high in 2007 during Dixon’s first year in office.[6] By April 15, 2008 the number of murders in the city had grown to 54,[7] the lowest total to this time of the year in recent memory, putting the city on pace for 189 murders in 2008. She also led the effort to pass Baltimore’s smoking ban. She has allocated record funding for campaigns to clean up Baltimore streets and she has expanded funding for affordable housing. While her critics complain that crime has risen in Baltimore during her tenure and that she is not paying enough attention to the issue, her record shows that she has increased police patrols,[8] is cracking down on the possession of illegal guns,[9]

Investigation
On June 17, 2008, investigators from the Office of the State Prosecutor executed a search and seizure warrant at Dixon’s residence in southwest Baltimore. The result of, or purpose for the search was not immediately revealed by investigators. However, several subpoenas were issued to aides, and local reports indicate that the investigation includes a look at gifts, including several fur coats, as well as Dixon’s spending habits. Two of Dixon’s associates, campaign chair Dale Clark, and Mildred Boyer, a businesswoman who had hired Dixon’s sister, pleaded guilty in Spring 2008 to tax charges and are cooperating with prosecutors in the Dixon investigation. The affidavit filed to support a search warrant on the company Doracon was published on the Baltimore Sun’s website on June 23, 2008. The affidavit states that Dixon is being investigated regarding bribery.[15][16] On January 9, 2009, Dixon was indicted by a Baltimore Grand Jury on twelve counts, comprising four counts of perjury, two counts of misconduct, three counts of theft, and three counts of fraudulent misappropriations.[1]

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Dixon’s trial is set for September 8, 2009.

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Metropolitan Council of the Maryland AFLCIO collectively as well as several individual union endorsements. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot was the only state wide elected official to endorse Dixon until an August 13 rally where Governor Martin O’Malley gave his endorsement. Former Congressman Kweisi Mfume also endorsed Dixon at the same event in front of Baltimore’s City Hall.[21] State Delegates Tom Hucker (Montgomery County), Maggie McIntosh, Curt Anderson, Cheryl Glenn, Melvin L. Stukes, Talmadge Branch, Senators Nathaniel J. McFadden and Cathy Pugh and Baltimore City Council members Robert Curran, Bernard "Jack" Young, Ed Reisinger, Stephanie Rawlings Blake and Agnes Welch have endorsed Dixon and were at the rally as well.

2007 election
Dixon ran for a full term as mayor in the 2007 election and won the Democratic Party primary in September.[17] Dixon maintained a strong fundraising advantage throughout the campaign. Scores of public officials, unions and newspapers endorsed the Mayor’s campaign. This includes the Baltimore Sun, The Afro-American Newspaper, the AFL-CIO, former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, Minority Contractors Association, SEIU, SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Gov. O’Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot, Unite Here, United Auto Workers, and others. The Baltimore Examiner noted "some observers are suggesting that it may be open and shut." Morgan State University political science professor C. Vernon Gray confirmed the Examiner’s analysis when he noted, "it’s [Dixon’s] race to lose... she really has done an excellent job of governing despite all the crises she’s had." Del. Jill Carter , City Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr. and city schools administrator Andrey Bundley were noted as Mayor Dixon’s highest profile challengers.[18] A major issue during the primary mayoral campaign was crime. By mid-2007, homicides in Baltimore are on pace to surpass 300 for the year, the most since the early years of the O’Malley administration. On June 19th, Mayor Dixon presented her crime plan to 500 Baltimore police officers,[19] but Dixon was attacked by Mitchell and Carter for not doing enough.[20] Dixon’s crime plan departed from previous Mayor Martin O’Malley’s as it stressed community policing and focusing on apprehending the most violent offenders as opposed to zero tolerance.[18] As of June 19th, there were 146 homicides and 340 nonlethal shootings in the city.[19] According to Johns Hopkins University political scientist Matthew Crenson, "Everybody complains about the homicides, but I think the assumption that many voters make, especially in Baltimore, is that the mayor can’t do a lot to reduce the homicide rate. And maybe Keiffer Mitchell made a mistake to make that the focus of his campaign."

Victory
Dixon won the 2007 Baltimore Democratic Mayoral Primary over her closest opponent Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr. with 63 percent of the total votes; she won against Republican Elbert Henderson in the general election in November.

2007 Primary election results
The final, official results for the Democratic primary, as reported on the city of Baltimore’s election board Web site.[22] Republican candidate Elbert Henderson ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

2007 General election results
These are the final, official results for the General election, as reported on the city of Baltimore’s election board Web site.[22]

References

Endorsements
By the end of July 2007, Dixon’s campaign had been endorsed by the Baltimore

[1] ^ "Mayor Sheila Dixon indicted". Baltimore Sun. January 9, 2009. http://breakingnews.baltimoresun.com/ 2009/01/09/mayor-dixon-indicted-bygrand-jury/. Retrieved on 2009-01-09. [2] Topic Galleries - baltimoresun.com [3] Janis, Stephen. "Mayor Sheila Dixon looks back on her first 100 days". The Baltimore Examiner. http://www.examiner.com/ a-697975~Mayor_Sheila_Dixon_looks_back_on_her_f Baltimore. Retrieved on 2007-07-07. [4] "Mayor Reduces Murder Rate". WBALTV. http://www.wbaltv.com/station/

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Candidate Sheila Dixon Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr. Andrey Bundley Jill P. Carter A. Robert Kaufman Mike Schaefer Frank Conaway Phillip Brown Candidate Sheila Dixon Elbert Henderson Political offices Preceded by Martin O’Malley Mayor of Baltimore 17 January 2007 – present Incumbent Votes 54,381 20,376 6,543 2,372 885 762 533 273 Votes 36,726 5,139 %

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63.1% 23.7% 7.6% 2.8% 1.0% 0.9% 0.6% 0.3% % 87.7% 12.3%

15574702/html. Retrieved on [12] Campaign Beat: GOP’s Campbell Takes 2008-04-02. on Sheila Dixon and the Status Quo | 10/ [5] "Murders Drop In City In January". Wbal 13/1999 | Citypaper.com radio. http://wbal.com/stories/templates/ [13] Maryland Newsline - Maryland Votes news.aspx?articleid=1541&zoneid=3. 2006 Retrieved on 2008-02-04. [14] http://www.baltimorecity.gov/mayor/ [6] "Baltimore’s Murder Rate". WBAL-TV. speeches/ http://www.wbaltv.com/station/ Sheila_Dixon_INAUGURAL_ADDRESS_2007.pdf 15574702/detail.html. Retrieved on [15] [1] 2008-04-02. [16] [2] [7] Ditkoff, Anna (2008-04-16). "Murder [17] Topic Galleries - baltimoresun.com Ink". City Paper(Baltimore). [18] ^ [3] http://www.citypaper.com/news/ [19] ^ Agents’ injuries prompt union call for story.asp?id=15593. Retrieved on review - baltimoresun.com 2008-04-17. [20] [4] [8] ^ Topic Galleries - baltimoresun.com [21] O’Malley, Mfume Endorse Dixon In [9] Melody Simmons (3 May 2007). Mayor’s Race - Baltimore News Story "Baltimore Mayor Unveils Strategy to WBAL Baltimore Attack Increase in Gun Crime". The New [22] ^ City of Baltimore - Board of Elections York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/ 2007/05/03/us/ 03baltimore.html?ex=1181361600&en=1d2775536ab9d1a9&ei=5070. • Sheila Dixon Retrieved on 2008-01-01. • Sheila Dixon page on the Baltimore [10] "Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Coalition Collective Members". http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/ • CityMayors profile • Mayors Against Illegal Guns homepage html/about/members.shtml. Retrieved on 2007-05-18. [11] The Washington Informer: National

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